WVU Falls in Regular Season Finale
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In its regular season finale, the West Virginia University women’s tennis team was defeated by No. 52 Kansas State, 7-0, at Wamego Recreation Complex in Wamego, Kan.
The Mountaineers, who were playing one player short, defaulted at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles, which gave the Wildcats an early 1-0 advantage.
In doubles play, Kansas State (9-10, 3-6 Big 12) wasted little time in securing the doubles point, as the No. 24-ranked doubles combo of Petra Niedermayerova and Karla Bonacic defeated Hailey Barrett and Ikttesh Chahal, 8-1.
“We need to hold ourselves accountable,” said coach Tina Samara. “We haven’t been able to do the fundamental things it takes to win a competitive match. We miss first serves, returns and double fault, routinely. We need to start looking in the mirror and being accountable.
At No. 2 doubles, WVU’s Vivian Tsui and Emily Mathis were unable to hold leads of 6-4 and 7-6, which allowed the Wildcats to take an 8-7 (7-1) victory.
“We had chances at No. 2 doubles, but when we needed to finish the match, we made too many unforced errors,” Samara said.
Now, with a 2-0 lead, Kansas State turned its attention to singles play.
After Ivana Kubickova defeated Mathis, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles, Amina St. Hill was a 6-0, 6-1 victor over Tsui to extend the lead to 4-0 and lock up the team victory.
In the remaining singles matches, the Wildcats swept the Mountaineers, which have them the shutout victory, 7-0.
With the loss, WVU finishes the regular season with a 4-16, 0-9 Big 12 record.
"With one season of Big 12 Conference play under our belts, I hope we understand where we stand right now," Samara said. "The girls that are returning now have a better idea of how much work they will have to do in order to get better.
"Twelve of our losses came to top 70 teams, so we know we have to be competitive at this level. We need to work hard every day, all year long. It is time to quit making excuses and start working hard. We did some good things this year, and we had some milestone wins. However, we are far from satisfied."
The team begins competition at the Big 12 Conference Championships in Norman, Okla., on Wednesday, April 25.
No. 1: No. 16 Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. Hailey Barrett (WVU), 6-1, 6-3
No. 2: Karla Bonacic (KSU) def. Ikttesh Chahal (WVU), 6-3, 6-1
No. 3: Ivana Kubickova (KSU) def. Emily Mathis (WVU), 6-0, 6-0
No. 4: Amina St. Hill (KSU) def. Vivian Tsui (WVU), 6-0, 6-1
No. 5: Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU) def. Irinka Toidze (WVU), 6-2, 6-2
No. 6: West Virginia defaults
Order of Finish: 6, 3, 4*, 1, 5, 2
No. 1: No. 24 Niedermayerova/Bonacic (KSU) def. Chahal/Barrett (WVU), 8-1
No. 2: Kubickova/St. Hill (KSU) def. Tsui/Mathis (WVU), 8-7 (7-1)
No. 3: West Virginia defaults
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
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